Marco’s New York Italian, the Black & White Hospitality restaurant concept, has closed its Sheffield site after seven years.

The restaurant, at the Hampton by Hilton on West Bar Green, closed due to lack of footfall, with the hotel looking to downsize its restaurant offering after HSBC moved its office to Birmingham.

Nick Taplin, chairman and chief executive of Black and White Hospitality, said: “We are now in advanced discussions with another local operator to see if an alternative venue can take the place of what has been a well-run and successful Marco Pierre White venue.

“The core New York Italian restaurant business and brand remains strong with two new restaurants opening towards the end of 2018. We are also looking to open more throughout 2019.”

“These are also exciting times for Black & White Hospitality as the group approaches its 50th UK franchise and are opening some fantastic new brands including the new Koffmann and Mr White’s in Bath. We are also expanding abroad with our first site planned in Abu Dhabi on 2 March 2019.”